Worth the Trip: Interning out of state with Dow

by ryan dawson, outreach specialist, temple university career center

Dow is a multinational technology, chemical and biological science company that uses its multi-platform approach to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems, such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agro-sciences and plastics businesses delivers more than 6,000 technology-based product families to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. They hire a number of majors from a wide variety of skill sets.

Name: Kevin Dang

Major/Graduation year: Management Information Systems, Fox School Of Business, 2021 graduate

What organization is your internship with? Dow (formerly known as The Dow Chemical Company) in Midland, Michigan.

What semester did you do this internship? Summer Internship 2019 (May 2019 to Aug 2019)

What is/was your job function and what does a typical day entail? I worked on the Employee Experience Services Productivity and Collaboration team, EXS Productivity and Collaboration for short. My leader was Amber, a service manager who handles the Cisco collaboration services. The project I worked on for the summer involved creating a dashboard with automated capabilities for the managers under EXS Productivity and Collaboration to view high-level metrics. This allows them to gain quick, actionable insights and greater visibility in order to determine the health of their services. An average day for me would consist of meeting with co-workers to gather data and/or learn certain processes, working with the data in Power BI to build out the dashboards, and attending intern events such as lunches with directors, site tours, team building exercises, and many more.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like? Thanks to Temple’s IBIT (Institute for Business and Information Technology)’s IT Career Fair, I was able to speak with a representative from Dow and a Temple alumni who worked at Dow. Following this great conversation, I gave them my resume, followed up with an email, and eventually was offered an interview after submitting my online application. Given I would be working at the Dow headquarters in Midland, Michigan; I was given a phone interview, which went rather smoothly. A couple weeks after the interview, I was offered the internship for the summer.

How has your internship related to your course work? MIS is the incorporation of technology to make a business better. My entire team was oriented around this core concept. EXS for Dow is the Global Information Systems team that makes sure a Fortune 100 company consisting of over 50,000 employees worldwide can run as smoothly as it does leveraging technology. Thanks to the courses I’ve been exposed to and my professors, I came into my internship understanding how I could impact the company before ever stepping foot inside it.

What is the most important thing you have learned during your internship/job experience? I have learned so much about what it means to collaborate. The “New Dow” has been pushed a lot when my group of interns first arrived, and the new catchphrase they were pushing for us was “Seek Together”. Whether it was doing my own work or observing my peers and leaders, I began to really understand that no matter how hard you try, you will always be better off working collaboratively than being a lone wolf. There is so much knowledge and experience around you that the best thing for you to do is to be a sponge.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search? Be passionate about what you are studying and what you believe in. Employers like to see drive and people who can bring their whole selves to work. Don’t be afraid to try new things either! I never thought I would end up going out of state for an internship, but here I am now, and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything else. At the end of the day, you are more capable than you think you are. You will make friends, you will learn a lot about yourself, but most importantly, you will grow.

Did the career center assist you in any way, whether it was identifying the opportunity, applying to it, interviewing for it, or preparing for it? Fox’s CSPD (the business school’s version of the career center) provided a lot of great resume feedback and helped me stand out when I otherwise would not due to my prior lack of experience.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple? Be proactive; jobs/internships will not come to you easily. Go to career fairs, talk to your professors, and ask your friends, every little bit counts. Get involved in student professional organizations that are relevant to what you want to do and grow your network. A school like Temple can provide a great education, but even more valuable are the opportunities that arise. Take advantage of them.

 Do you have a profile on Twitter and/or Instagram? If so, what are your usernames? @kevinkhangdang on Instagram

Greener Pastures – Interning with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

by ryan dawson, outreach specialist, temple university career center

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society is a non-profit organization located in downtown Philadelphia that has been leading urban farming, gardening, and environmental protection initiatives since 1827. Their programs focus on connecting people with horticulture has immensely helped maintain some of the most beautiful green spaces in across Philadelphia and beyond. The career center recently had the opportunity to hear from a Temple student who interned with PHS throughout Spring & Summer of 2019. Ritapa Neogi is a Geography & Urban Studies major who spent time working alongside of the great people of PHS. She was kind enough to share her experience!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Major/Graduation year: Geography & Urban Studies, 2020

What organization is your internship with? Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

What semester did you do this internship? Spring/Summer 2019

What is/was your job function and what does a typical day entail? I was an Urban Forestry Intern with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society from April through late July.

Since the Tree Team works with volunteers and organizations around the city, it was typical to spend days outside the office. Most of the time, I would come in at 9am, wait for assignments from my supervisors, and stay until 5pm. Occasionally, I’d participate in other events, including tree plantings, classes, conferences, and summer camps.

My job function was dynamic. Regular office tasks included exporting GIS data, putting informational packets together, and fixing up Tree Tenders documents (training guides, presentations, etc.) I handled other assignments as needed. For example, I had the opportunity to produce a 5-page comic book about our Tree Tenders program for Marketing!

By July, I took responsibility for our Urban Forest Cloud, a publicly-accessible map created to track tree health through citizen science. After leading a demonstration at the annual PHS Tree Checkers class, I walked volunteers through any questions they might have about mapping trees. As the primary contact for the Urban Forest Cloud, my daily tasks shifted to making phone calls, replying to emails, and helping volunteers loan equipment.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

I followed the PHS website for a month after I became familiar with their programs – specifically Rain Check and LandCare. Marketing internships were posted in December 2018, in preparation for the 2019 Flower Show. As a lifelong artist and writer, I decided to apply, even though the position had little to do with my major.

After my initial online application, I was contacted via email by my future Social Media supervisor. The interview was nerve-wracking, but it’s hard to feel too out-of-place when you’re already as excited about an organization as its current employees! I was offered the internship within the next week.

During my Social Media internship, I met the Urban Forestry Program Manager at PHS. She mentioned that the Tree Team would be looking for a summer intern soon. Days later, when I was awarded Temple’s CLA Pathways to Professions stipend, I decided to reach out to her for more information.

How has your internship related to your course work?

It’s been life-changing to learn how an interest in environmental studies could shape my career. Tree Tenders is a wonderful program that combines science and community development to improve livability in Philadelphia. It’s an application of urban solutions I’d only encountered in the classroom (i.e. planting trees to reduce heat and manage storm water).

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

The people you work with can make or break your work environment. I grew very close to my coworkers, whether they were on the Tree Team, in a different department, or fellow interns. Most of my favorite memories from my internship were moments I was able to bond with the people around me. I may not have been so ecstatic to volunteer at early weekend plantings if I weren’t spending that time with PHS friends.

I also learned how to plant, prune, and identify trees… so that’s been pretty handy!

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

Don’t look for a position, look for organizations you admire. I was set on finding a GIS internship before I landed a totally unexpected role as Social Media Intern with PHS. Not only did I build valuable skills in photography and marketing, I also got my foot in the door a second internship, for which I was able to pitch my background in geography. If I hadn’t actively followed postings on the PHS website, I would have missed both opportunities entirely.

Did the career center assist you in any way, whether it was identifying the opportunity, applying to it, interviewing for it, or preparing for it?

I wouldn’t have been able to pursue a second internship with PHS if not for the CLA Pathways to Professions stipend.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

Take every opportunity to hear the stories of professionals in your field. Not everyone gets to the same place through the same route. Also, sign-up for interesting classes outside your major! Having knowledge outside your area of study is always a good thing. My interview for the Social Media internship made me thankful I’d taken time to glean skills outside geography, i.e. using Adobe Creative Suite and manual settings in photography.

 Do you have a profile on Twitter and/or Instagram? If so, what are your usernames?

Instagram: @seajellyc

Twitter: @ritotaquito

Make sure to Favorite The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society on Handshake to get up to date information on positions and events they will be posting for Temple students of all majors!

Engineering Her Future At JBT Corporation

by ryan dawson, outreach specialist, temple university career center

JBT Corporation is a long-standing, engineering and technology company that specializes in automation and self-driving, efficiency based machines and vehicles. Although they are a national company, JBT hosts a range of opportunities for Engineering, Computer Science, and Business majors, at their Chalfont, PA offices, just outside of Philadelphia. We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with one of JBT’s new Field Systems Engineering interns, Olivia Webb, who was kind enough to share her experience with job searching through Temple, and finding a home with JBT Corporation…

 

 

 

 

 

Major/Graduation year: Mechanical Engineering December 2019

What organization is your job/internship with? JBT Corporation in Chalfont, PA

What is your job function, and what does that entail? Field Systems Engineer Intern

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

I met Alycia Hannum at the College of Engineering Career Fair. From there, I heard that the student organization SWE (Society of Women Engineers) was planning to attend JBT for a tour. I joined SWE so that I could attend and continue networking with JBT. From there the interview process was straightforward.

What internships, student organizations, or other activities the classroom have you participated in, and how have they assisted with your professional development to this point?

I had already received a Double BFA in painting and sculpture from BU and came to Temple University as a non-traditional student. Once I was on campus, I began working in the energy office as a student worker and joined SWE to gain access to career fairs and networking events that are exclusive to the organization.

What is the most important thing you have learned during your college experience as it relates to internships and jobs?

A number of courses (Machine theory, Robotics, Dynamic Systems, Heat transfer, mechanics of solids). I am actively using the knowledge from many of my courses.  Many students say that school teaches you how to learn and internships give you the opportunity to gain experience and learn new skills, but with JBT, I am actively using skills I gained in my coursework every day.

Have you used the Temple University Career Center’s services and resources, or attended events?

From my start at Temple, I have attended all but one of the engineering career fairs. I also attended some of the career development events like the job search and Networking talk with Leslie Silva.  I used The Career Center space for e-conference interview with JBT.  Additionally, any time companies are on campus giving information about paths to careers, I try to attend.

Did the Career Center assist you in any way in finding this internship, applying, interviewing, etc.?

I utilized the main career center to teleconference, set up by Leslie Silva.  Mike Madera has proofread my resume multiple times and provided key insight on job acceptance negotiation.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

Start searching early. Even if you do not think you are qualified. It is hard to learn what companies you are interested in so taking time to narrow that down is important.  Long term persistence is important overall. If you start working on your search early, you have more time to find out what companies you DO NOT like.  Deduction is key.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

Many companies do their hiring in the fall. Even for summer internships.  Meeting someone in person is so much more effective than applying online. I would not have been able to stand out unless I had been making it a point to meet Alycia (SWE tour/Fair attendance). Attending the career fairs out of curiosity at first was a major help. I would browse and learn about all companies before narrowing down the pool of companies that would be a good fit for my particular skill set.

Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

I am very impressed by how much opportunity and responsibility JBT has given me.  Compared to my last internship, they really invest their time into my thoughts and ideas and I feel like a valued member of the team. Training is helpful and consistent, but they test my understanding through responsibility and involvement.

In addition to Olivia’s internship experience, JBT Corporation hired several recent graduates this past year who are now working for JBT in full time roles:

  • Jon Wommer – Electrical Engineering
  • Kenny Rentz – Mechanical Engineering
  • Justin Goldman – Mechanical Engineering
  • Nick Brady – Information Science & Technology

Make sure to check out JBT Corporation on Handshake, or at the College of Engineering Fall Career Fair on October 3rd from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm or at their Rapid Resume Review table in the College of Engineering Lobby on October 1st from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm!

Owls Taking Flight at URBN Headquarters

This summer, Career Center staff traveled to the Navy Yard to visit four Temple students interning at the URBN Headquarters. URBN has a robust internship program with approximately 100 students from across the nation! Departments that host interns include photo studio, marketing, engineering, social media, video, styling, buying, merchandising & so much more! The internship program provides countless opportunities for interns when it comes to professional development & exposure to different aspects of the company. The URBN Internship program hosts Executive Chats with the CEO’s of each of their brands (Free People, Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie and Nuuly),  and a variety of professional development workshops for new interns.

The deadline for URBN’s Summer 2020 internship program is November 11th.  You can review and apply for their internships by using Handshake!

From left to right: Anastasia Postolati – FOX 2020, Kate Goldinger – KLEIN 2022, Colin Best – TYLER 2020, Singley Risico – KLEIN 2021

These four owls took some time out of their schedule to share their thoughts on their URBN experience and how to land an internship.

Singley Risico – KLEIN 2021

Advertising Student, Singley Risico, shared some helpful tips on landing an internship. “Build. Your. Resume! Having a strong and aesthetically pleasing resume is entirely within your jurisdiction, so take control of that. Also find something that you’re passionate about and use that to help you stand out. Being in a club you barely attend or aren’t passionate about will do nothing for you. Every career move you make should have some correlation with your dream job, even if it’s a small connection. While you might be amazing at pumping out job/internship applications, building a network of people is also important. Applications can kind of feel like cold calling, but try to break these walls and put a face to your name through networking and building connections. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door!”

Kate Goldinger – KLEIN 2022

When asked about an important lesson she learned through her internship, Public Relations student, Kate Goldinger, shared, “I learned that it is important to utilize your team as each person has different skills and resources to help create the best end-product possible. Also, the more creativity the better. Asking others for their opinions or ideas can only help what you are working on and allow it to grow and expand into something great.”

Colin Best – TYLER 2020

Facilities Management student, Colin Best, explained more about how his internship relates to his coursework. “This internship has given me a firsthand look at how projects are managed start to finish and what kind of details go into these massive projects. I also have gained a better understanding of how teams might break down responsibilities for large scale projects.”

Anastasia Postolati – FOX 2020

Management Information Systems student, Anastasia Postolati, shared, “Do whatever it takes and be patient! If there is an internship or a job you want, talk to as many people as you can, do extensive research, and reach out, reach out, reach out! There is nothing wrong with making it known just how badly you want to work somewhere. If something is your true passion, go after it. In terms of being patient, I think it is important to understand that things happen when they do for a reason. Looking back now, I am actually glad I didn’t get this internship on my first try! I feel like I have so much more knowledge, experience, and drive today than I did a year ago.”

For Parents: Handshake Is The Place To Start For Career Information

A pressing question for many families is “how can my student find a future career after their time at Temple?”  The Temple University Career Center is a key resource for all Temple University students, at all times in their experience.  The University Career Center manages Handshake, which is the primary destination for applying to jobs and internships targeted to Temple students, registering for Career Fairs and professional development events, and booking time for a Career Coaching appointment.

Your student already has access to Handshake with their AccessNet credentials, but there are a few things to do to get their account optimized, and then to apply to opportunities effectively.  Here are three key links to share with your student from Handshake:

If your student has any questions, they can visit us online to find our contact information and get their question answered.

Beware of Fraudulent Emails About Jobs and Internships

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All members of the Temple community should be aware of fraudulent emails being masked under Temple or Handshake email accounts. These emails often promise high paying jobs with minimal work required, such as picking up packages, running errands, or purchasing money orders. Here is a copy of the most recent email from Temple IT Security on this subject for your reference: https://systemstatus.temple.edu/system_status/item?id=472&o=0

If you have any concern that you have received a fraudulent email please report it to IT Security and Do Not reply to the email. If you have questions or concerns about an email you have received the Career Center is always happy to help. Feel free to contact Kelly Hart or Erin Lemons at 215-204-7981.

Please note, the Career Center thoroughly vets both employers and career opportunities within the Handshake system. However, we highly encourage you to conduct your own research on the opportunities you apply for. Our online approval does not indicate endorsement of an employer, product, or service. Here are a few red flags of a potentially fraudulent job or internship:

  • The hourly pay seems “too good to be true” ($20.00+/hour)
  • The employer contacts you via text message, with no in-person contact
  • The employer claims to be “out of town/out of the country” and needs you to run errands for them
  • The employer asks you to send them money or offers to send you a check in advance of completing any work

If you have any questions or are concerned about any opportunities on Handshake, please contact the Career Center before applying.

Sincerely,

The Temple University Career Center

Costume Design at the Philadelphia Museum of Art? This Temple student did that, and more, at her summer internship!

Theater, Film and Media Arts student, Sarah McKenzie, is planning to graduate with a B.A. in Theater focusing in Costume Design in May of 2020.  This past summer she interned at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  Read more to learn about Sarah’s experience…

Spotlight Questions:

Major/Graduation year

Theater Major (Focus in Costume Design), Art Minor. Expected Graduation May 2020

What organization is your internship with?

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

What semester did you do this internship?

Summer 2018

What is/was your job function, and what does a typical day entail?

Intern in The Costume & Textiles Curatorial Department.

There was no typical day in the C&T Department, but my job did include pulling and returning objects to/from storage, labeling items, some small sewing projects, and dressing mannequins! One project that I did spend a few days on was pulling over 400 hats from storage to measure them and then inputting that measurement data into the museum’s database. The Department is currently preparing for two exhibitions that open in the fall, so things are very busy!

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

I was self-inspired to look into the PMA’s internship opportunities because of the museum’s incredible collection of costumes and textiles, and I hoped to examine the work of great designers, as well as historical dress, up close. To apply I sent my resume and a short essay describing why I believed I would be a good candidate for the Museum Studies Internship. I also sent two letters of recommendation. After applying I was invited for an interview about a month and a half later. About another month and a half after interviewing, I was offered the internship.

How has your internship related to your course work?

I have focused my studies on Costume Design and Production, so I came into the internship with a significant amount of knowledge of the historical dress and practical sewing. I have applied these skills in sewing undergarments for display pieces and using my knowledge of historical fashion to inform research. I have also learned a significant amount about garment construction from observing and handling garments up close, and the internship has opened the door for me to apply my passion for costume and garments to a whole other career.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

To make connections! SO many people are ready and willing to help you out if only you ask them.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

Think creatively about where to apply for an internship! Consider your relevant skill set and think about where those skills could be applied!

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

This was my first internship while attending Temple, but I’ve learned that it’s important to put effort into your application and heavily research the company or institution you are applying to. If you go into an interview knowledgeable and excited about the company, it will impress your interviewer and show you are serious about interning with them!

 Do you have a profile on Twitter and/or Instagram? If so, what are your usernames?

Instagram; @sarahmcki

Networking Helped This Owl Land His Internship

The Career Center recently connected with Klein School of Media and Communications, junior, Kevin Zabel about his past internship at the Brownstein Group. Read on to learn more about the unique way that Kevin landed his internship. Sometimes utilizing the people around you can pay off…

Kevin Zabel outside of his internship at the Brownstein Group

Major/Graduation year

  • Advertising / 2020

What organization is your internship with?

  • Brownstein Group

What semester did you do this internship?

  • Summer 2018

What is/was your job function, and what does a typical day entail?

  • I was an Account Management / New Business intern at an advertising agency in center city. I assisted the New Business team. Our main job is to be the first people in contact with new clients who reach out to the agency, and we facilitate the whole process of acquiring those companies. Each member of the New Business team also has their own accounts and clients that they work with on the side as well. A typical day would be working on my final project – a research project for a client – and to aid in various background research and compilation of the research into formal word documents.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

  • I found out about this opportunity from a mentor. The interview process was fairly standard, but as I was studying abroad in Italy during the semester, that made it tricky for me. I knew that since I am young and wasn’t able to come for an in-person interview, these would be obstacles, so I set up an informational interview with the agency ahead of time. This way, they could see me in person before I left for Rome. The formal application started with a resume and cover letter submission, and I followed up with an online interview a while later, once the applicant pool was sifted through. Then, I heard a few weeks later that I was offered the internship.

How has your internship related to your course work?

  • This has been my first internship in a setting where I plan to work, and my classwork has provided me with nearly all the basic information that I needed to have in order to be an effective worker. I was able to see concepts I have learned about over and over in the classroom, and now I have finally seen them in action.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

  • This may be an unconventional way to answer the question, but the most important thing I’ve learned during my internship is that advertising really is the field that I want to go into when I am older. I started out at Temple as a marketing major but always longed for the creativity that came with advertising. I had more exposure to a business career setting in high school, with less exposure to a career like advertising, and now that I have seen it firsthand for an extended period of time, I can see that I made the right choice by switching majors.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

  • If you are better in person than on paper, or just have a personality that draws people to you, then try to meet possible employers in person before they decide whether or not to hire you. People only can look so good on a resume, but great personalities stand out much more, and if employers interview someone that they genuinely like, they will want to hire them. So utilize your witty sense of humor or charming personality, because it could take you far.

Did the career center assist you in any way, whether it was identifying the opportunity, applying to it, interviewing for it, or preparing for it?

  • Yes, and although I was abroad while I needed to prepare for my application and interviews, I had a great friend in Rome with me who works as a Career Ambassador for the Career Center and she always was more than willing to help me with my resume and cover letters and anything in between. If I were on campus I would have happily gone to the career center for help, but luckily my friend was there to help.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

  • One huge thing that I have learned during my time at Temple about obtaining jobs is that networking takes you extremely far, even farther than good grades. Networking is one of the main reasons to go to college, and it really leads to huge opportunities. Networking events, in particular, are always worth the effort to go because you have nothing to lose by going to events and meeting new people who are eager to learn and work hard. And possibly even help you out.

 Do you have a profile on Twitter and/or Instagram? If so, what are your usernames?

  • Twitter: @kevinzabel_
  • Instagram: @kevinzabel

Tips and Tricks for Building a Great Resume or Cover Letter

by laura craig, associate director of career development, temple university career center

If you’re working on a resume or cover letter, there can be a lot happening on your screen.  Most importantly, you’re working hard to create great content that describes your experiences, and then trying to organize that content in a way that makes sense to your audience.  That’s a tough job! If you’re using Microsoft Word, it’s easy to miss several features that make managing your document, and how it looks, much easier.

The easiest way to learn about these features is to make use of your access to Lynda.com and catch up on some short training videos. 

You can access Lynda.com through TUPortal.  Look for the link in the TUApplications menu on the left side of the page.  Once you are in Lynda.com, search for the following courses:

  • Word Quick Tips
  • Word Essential Training

Each course is made up of a number of videos.  Based on our experiences with students, the following videos are the most helpful for common issues.  These videos are only accessible to Temple University users.

Word Quick Tips Course:

Word Essential Training (Office 365) Course:

Beyond Lynda.com, Temple ITS Office 365 Support is another great resource to help you.

How much does resume formatting actually matter?

The way your format your professional documents does not guarantee that you’ll get the interview, or the job. Improving your document formatting can:

  • Make relevant content easier for recruiters to find and read.
  • Create an aesthetically pleasing look to your document, which can boost your own confidence in the document.
  • Help you effectively communicate relevant content in one page, which is the most widely used and appropriate length for a college student’s resume or cover letter.
  • Make it less stressful to update your professional documents, so it is more likely you’ll update them regularly.

Now that you have a great looking professional document, what should you do with it?  You can always bring a resume, cover letter, or personal statement to the Career Center to be reviewed in a coaching appointment.  Once you have some feedback, and you’ve implemented it, why not upload your document to Handshake to apply for a job or internship?  The opportunities are waiting!

The First Time Was The Charm For This Temple Senior!

Temple senior computer science major Byron Jenkins landed an internship with TD Bank last summer after attending his first (!!) career fair in the spring! That’s not all he’s been up to during his time at Temple…read on to learn more about Byron’s story…

TD Bank recently featured Byron in promoting its internship program.

Major/Graduation year:

Computer Science / 2019

What organization was your internship with?

TD Bank

What semester did you do this internship?

2018 Summer

What is/was your job function, and what does a typical day entail?

My job as a Technology Intern was to redesign TD’s online credit card platform as a Proof of Concept. Each day during the summer internship, I worked not only with my peers, but with leaders of the organization.

How did you find out about this opportunity, and what was the interview process like?

I discovered this opportunity during the CST Job Fair last Spring. It was the first job fair I have ever attended. I spoke with the recruiter, expressing my passion in technology and he suggested that I apply. There was an on-campus interview then a super-day interview hosted at the office (in my case, Wilmington Delaware). You are there with other potential interns and there are three rounds of interviews. It sound intimidating, but as long as you are able to talk about your experience, those three rounds will be completed before you know it. Many people, including myself, sometimes overthink the interview process. You know what kind of questions you may face, and you have an idea of what kind of answers they are looking for. The critical part about it is HOW you present those answers.

How has your internship related to your course work?

This internship involved Web/Mobile Development and it touched the surface of Software Architecture. I had the privilege to work with an Architect. I also received college credits for this experience.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned during your internship/job experience?

The most important thing I have learned from the internship was how to manage being uncomfortable. I was exposed to tools and technologies I had no experience using. This uncomfortableness urged me to learn and adapt.

Have you used the Temple University Career Center’s services and resources, or attended events?

I have attended multiple events and I had my resume reviewed several times.

Did the Career Center assist you in any way in finding this internship, applying, interviewing, etc.?

When I had multiple offers, I consulted with the Career Center staff to review my options.

What piece of advice would you give to current students embarking on an internship/job search?

Research the company you are interviewing for, understand their mission statement and/or slogan and question how do your skills apply. Look up current events that catches your interest and mention it during the interview. For example, if you are interested in Cybersecurity, look up the company’s current events that mentions cybersecurity. At that point, not only are you presenting your skills, but you are displaying your knowledge about the company.

Have you learned any valuable lessons about obtaining jobs/internships during your time at Temple?

It is a competitive field in my major. We all are dashing towards opportunities. I learned how to differentiate myself from others. I have my own interests, preferences, experiences, and my passion is unique. I constantly remind myself that and showcase that to recruiters/employers.

Do you have a profile on Twitter and/or Instagram? If so, what are your usernames? Is there anything else you’d like to mention?

My username on Twitter and Instagram is @codeherk

Feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn: Byron Jenkins

Also, I just released my game, Huelo, for iOS devices that focuses on color coordination. It is free to download and play.

Check out Byron’s new game in the app store!